Definition of hold noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//həʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hoʊld//
    Combat sports, Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships
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    with hand
  1. 1  [singular, uncountable] the action of holding somebody/something; the way you are holding somebody/something synonym grip His hold on her arm tightened. She tried to keep hold of the child's hand. Make sure you've got a steady hold on the camera.
  2. in sport
  3. 2[countable] a particular way of holding somebody, especially in a sport such as wrestling or in a fight The wrestler put his opponent into a head hold. The exercise called for the recruits to get out of various holds. See related entries: Combat sports
  4. power/control
  5. 3[singular] hold (on/over somebody/something) influence, power or control over somebody/something What she knew about his past gave her a hold over him. He struggled to get a hold of his anger. see also stranglehold
  6. in climbing
  7. 4[countable] a place where you can put your hands or feet when climbing She put her foot firmly in the hold and pulled herself up. see also foothold, handhold, toehold
  8. on ship/plane
  9. 5[countable] the part of a ship or plane where the goods being carried are stored See related entries: Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships
  10. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Old English haldan, healdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch houden and German halten; the noun is partly from Old Norse hald ‘hold, support, custody’. noun sense 5 late 16th cent.: from obsolete holl, from Old English hol, holian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hol (noun) ‘cave’, (adjective) ‘hollow’, and German hohl ‘hollow’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cover, conceal’. The addition of -d was due to association with hold (all other senses).Extra examples He kept a firm hold on my hand. He lost his hold on the rock and was swept away by the tide. He no longer had any hold over her. He still had me in a tight hold. He still has a firm hold on the party. He tightened his hold on her. Her hold on power was now quite tenuous. She finally released her hold on me. Take hold of the handle and give it a hard pull. The allies lost their hold on northern France. The allies lost their hold on the south of the country. This had weakened his hold on power. an attempt to break the hold of the Church She tried to keep hold of the child’s hand.Idioms
    catch, get, grab, take, etc. (a) hold of somebody/something
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    to have or take somebody/something in your hands He caught hold of her wrists so she couldn't get away. Lee got hold of the dog by its collar. Quick, grab a hold of that rope. Gently, she took hold of the door handle and turned it.
    to contact or find somebody Where have you been? I've been trying to get hold of you all day. Eventually, we got hold of Dan in New York. Do you know where I can get hold of a good plumber? See related entries: Making calls
    1. 1to find something that you want or need I need to get hold of Tom's address. It's almost impossible to get hold of tickets for the final. The police do not know how the boy got hold of the knife. How did the press get hold of the story?
    2. 2to learn or understand something
    get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick
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    (British English, informal) to understand something in the wrong way
    with no rules or limits on what somebody is allowed to do There will be no holds barred in his interview with the president this evening.
    1. 1delayed until a later time or date She put her career on hold to have a baby. The project is on hold until more money is available. The department has placed its plans on hold pending the results of the elections.
    2. 2if a person on the telephone is put on hold, they have to wait until the person that they want to talk to is free (British English) I’ll just pop you on hold.
    to begin to have complete control over somebody/something; to become very strong Panic took hold of him and he couldn't move. They got out of the house just before the flames took hold. It is best to treat the disease early before it takes a hold.
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